MAIT calls for organised recycling to curb harzardious effects of e-waste in Noida
New Delhi, India, December 7, 2013: Marking an important step toward preventing the country’s e-waste problems, Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body actively representing ICT Manufacturing, Training, IT, Design, R&D and associated services sector conducted a formal workshop on “E-Waste Rules for Bulk Consumers” in partnership with the Ministry of Environment & Forests and the Central Pollution Control Board and Dataserv APAC in Uttar Pradesh, Noida . Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT, welcomed the gathering at the event and stressed the need for upscaling of e-waste re-cycling and disposal to create widespread awareness amongst Indians.
Chhanda Chowdhury, Director, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, said, “Electronics industry is growing exponentially, and with rapid advancements in technology and rise in demand and rate of technological obsolescence, we all face a new challenge of ewaste. Realising the concern, government of India has notified E-waste rules in 2011. Now, the main challenge is how to bring informal sector into the mainstream the E-waste management. These workshops organised in many states will help us create awareness about the e-waste management rules in general and for bulk consumers in particular.”
Executive Director at MAIT Anwar Shirpurwala said, “India being a geographically complex country the task of creating awareness about E-waste is an exigent task. This workshop targets the bulk consumers with an aim of training organizations to spread wider awareness about e-waste management. This agenda can only be achieved if bulk consumers of electrical and electronic equipments accept their responsibility to follow the E-waste rules and channelize it through authorized collection centres or recyclers”.
The workshop also emphasized on the point that every bulk consumers shall maintain records of e-waste generated by them and make such records available for scrutiny by the State Pollution Control or the Pollution Control Committee.